Serbian Armed Forces General Staff

General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is the highest professional staff unit for preparation and use of the Serbian Armed forces in peace and war. It is an internal part of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia and performs duties within its remit in line with the law and authority of the President of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Defence.
General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces performs duties from the following areas:

  • Development of doctrinal documents;
  • Development of the plan of use of Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Development of the plan of mobilisation of Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Development of the guidelines for building operational and functional capabilities of Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Writing the reports about the organization of commands, units and institutions of Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Writing spatial materials for the needs of the system of defence and other users;
  • Employing measures to improve the army readiness based on documents passed by the President of the Republic of Serbia or Defence Minister and
  • Performing other duties defined by law and documents passed by the President of the Republic of Serbia or Defence Minister.

General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces reports on the work and state of affairs in the Serbian Armed Forces to the President of the Republic of Serbia or Defence Minister.

General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, in accordance with the law and defence plan, organizes and prepares defence as well as secures the unity of organization, preparation and actions of the Serbian Armed Forces.

General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces conducts the regular inspection and evaluation of operational and functional capabilities of commands, units and institutions of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The Chief of the General Staff commands the Serbian Armed Forces in line with the law and documents of commanding produced by the superior and is the highest professional adviser to the President of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Defence for preparation, organization and the use of SAF.

The Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces:

  • Suggests the plan of development and equipment of the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Appoints, promotes, deploys and discharges officers in the Serbian Armed Forces to the rank of captain and decides on the termination of their service, at the proposal of directly subordinate officers;
  • Reviews Minister of Defense’s proposal for the appointment, promotion, discharge and termination of the service of generals and officers in positions requiring the rank of general, in accordance with the Law on the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Appoints, promotes, deploys and discharges non-commissioned officers and professional soldiers and deploys civilians serving in the Serbian Armed Forces and decides on the termination of their service, at the proposal of directly subordinate officers;
  • Proposes the plan for manning the Serbian Armed Forces and the posting of recruits in the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Adopts lower level doctrinal documents;
  • Determines plans for training and professional development of professional military personnel and reserve officers;
  • Adopts the Code of Honour of members of the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Sends professional members of the Serbian Armed Forces to training organized by the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Decides on the affairs in the service of non-commissioned officers and officers up to the rank of captain in the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Promotes into the initial non-commissioned officer’s rank;
  • Decides on assignment, salary range, termination of service in the Serbian Armed Forces and other issues in the service of civilians serving in the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • Performs other tasks defined by law.

The Chief of the General Staff makes rules, instructions, directives, decisions and orders for the execution of acts passed by the President of the Republic, i.e. the Minister of Defence and controls all the issues regarding commanding of the Serbian Armed Forces, and performs other tasks determined by law.

The Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is General Milan Mojsilović, who has been in this position since September 18, 2018. The Deputy Chief of the General Staff is Lieutenant General Petar Cvetković, who took office on October 9, 2018.

Internal Organization of the General Staff


The internal organization of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is built on a functional principle. The organizational units of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces are the Cabinet, directorates and departments.

The Office of the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is a functional unit within the General Staff that performs analytical, operational-planning and administrative tasks for the needs of the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces and his Deputy; plans, prepares and organizes work and protocol activities of the Chief and Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The Human Resources Directorate (J-1) is an organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces with the purpose to unite tasks related to personal, moral-psychological and religious matters.

The Intelligence and Reconnaissance Affairs Directorate (J-2) of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces performs activities related to the intelligence of the Serbian Armed Forces, electronic warfare and electronic counter measures of the Serbian Armed Forces, geospatial security of the defence system and support to the command of special units of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The 224th Electronic Warfare Centre and the Military Geographical Institute "General Stevan Boskovic" are directly subordinated to the Directorate.

The Operations Directorate (J-3) is an internal unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, executing and controlling the tasks and duties in the Serbian Armed Forces within its operational function.

The Peacekeeping Operations Centre is directly subordinated to the Operations Directorate (J-3).

The Logistics Directorate (J-4) is an inter-service organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for planning, organizing and providing the logistic support for the Serbian Armed Forces, commanding subordinate units and building their operational capability.

The Central Logistics Base and the Movement and Transport Coordination Centre are directly subordinated to the Directorate.

The Development and Equipment Directorate (J-5) is an organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for equipping the Serbian Armed Forces with weapons and military equipment, making plans for scientific publishing activities, designing the organization and preparing the mobilization of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The Technical Testing Centre is directly subordinated to the Directorate.

The IT and Telecommunications Directorate (J-6) is an inter-service organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling the telecommunication-information security of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces.

The Signal Brigade, the Command-Information Systems and IT Support Centre and the Applied Mathematics and Electronics Centre are directly subordinated to the Directorate.

The Training and Doctrine Directorate (J-7) is an organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for development and management of the training system in the defence system and for the development of doctrines and rules for the use of the Armed Forces.

The Simulation Training Centre is directly subordinated to the Directorate.

The Finance Department (J-8) is an organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for performing activities related to financial and material operations, and control over the management and use of funds in the Serbian Armed Forces.

The Civil-Military Cooperation Department (J-9) is an organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for civil-military cooperation in the defence system of the Republic of Serbia.

The Military Police Directorate is an organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces responsible for planning, organization, coordination and control of military police affairs and tasks for the needs of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces.

The Criminal Investigation Group and the Military Police Training Centre are subordinated to the Department.

Traditions of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces


The development of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is related to the development of the state. Namely, in 1835, the Department for Military Affairs was formed at the State Council. By the Decree "Organization of the General Staff" from 1876 the General Staff was formed with three departments: operational, geographical and historical, and during the war it was reformed into the Supreme Command.

Changes in the state, from the organization and territory to the name, conditioned the changes of the General Staff itself. Thus, the General Staff of the Serbian Army changed its name from the General Staff of the Army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, then the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army,  through the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the SFRY, the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, the General Staff of the Serbian Army and Montenegro up to present the General Staff of the Serbian Army. The transition from branch and service organised General Staff to the functionally organised General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces in 2005 ensured greater efficiency and quality of performance both of functions and tasks.

Contact Information


Address: Neznanog junaka 38, 11 000 Belgrade
Phone: +381 (0) 11 2063 901
Fax: +381 (0) 11 3006 331
Email: vojska.srbije@vs.rs